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One feature that I really like of GNOME Shell is the possibility to just type the name of a file in the Activities window and have a list of matching files shown, so that you can open them.

However, only the file name is displayed, and not the path.

Questions:

  1. Is there any way (setting, external plugin etc.) to also show the path?
  2. If there is not, how would I go to write one? What components need to be edited? Would a GNOME Shell plugin be able to modify the activities window?
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I think you may be confusing Unity with Gnome-Shell. Gnome-Shell does not provide any file search capabilities by default and there isn't any extension that does it either, as far as I know. The only thing it does do is search in nautilus bookmarks such as Downloads, Documents, etc and there isn't much to know about them as long as you don't have a ridiculous amount of them.

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hmmm no, I can assure you I have Gnome-Shell (FC16) and yes, I have a lot of files in there so it would be very useful to know info about it (plus it would be fun to code a plugin :P) –  nico May 13 '12 at 13:06
    
Debian testing here, a few versions back, so I didn't know. :D –  vitiv May 13 '12 at 14:05
    
my bad... actually, it looks like it's pulling them out of recent items. The need comes from the fact that I have several files with same name in different paths and knowing where they are would help a lot –  nico May 13 '12 at 16:22
    
Just as an additional info: there is a nice extension for tracker integration into GNOME Shell here. Works very well. –  nico Jun 11 '12 at 20:53

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